VECTOR February 2023 News

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Previous newsletters can be found in the archive.

1. Coming Meeting | 2. News | 3. Learn | 4. On Air | 5. Notable | 6. Secondaries | 7. Meetings

1. Coming Meeting

Our next members' meeting will be held Wednesday, February 1, at City Hall and online using Zoom.

Detailed agenda included in e-mail to members.

2. Community News - What’s Coming

  • Field Day Core Crew Kick-off - January 25, City Hall, 18:30
  • Bi-weekly Open Coffee - February 11, City Square Food Court, 10:30
  • Tabletop Exercise with Zone C ESS
  • Radio Room Sunday Mornings coming in March
  • Learn to diagnose radio station issues?
  • Gaming Grant $ 11 000

Field Day Core Crew Kick-off - January 25, City Hall, 18:30

Pick how we do Field Day this year. Focused session to choose section leads who will form the core crew so that we can prepare to come together for fun on 2023-06-24. See you on Floor 2, January 25 at 18:30.

Bi-weekly Open Coffee - February 11, City Square Food Court, 10:30

Casual meetup to get to know each other, others in the local radio community, and what each crew’s working on. Refer to Saturday mornings in our calendar.

Tabletop Exercise with Zone C ESS

We are working with the current Zone C ESS captain to hold a joint tabletop exercise in later February at Trout Lake community centre. More details.

Radio Room Sunday Mornings coming in March

Help Anthony VE7XAK and a few others tackle maintenance and improvements to systems in the radio room once a month on a Sunday Morning. More details

Learn to diagnose radio station issues?

You can learn how to debug your station. Let’s start a hands-on workshop!.

Gaming Grant $ 11 000

Community Gaming Grant Commission granted VECTOR $ 11 000 for radio equipment. We must request for funds to replace the CERV Bus through a different sector: Capital Projects. The project team is looking at alternative ways to get started while we prepare for the Capital Projects deadline.

How do you want to help?

Radio Room Sunday Mornings start in March

Come help with, work on, and learn about the radios, feedlines, antennas, and on-air testing that keep our radio room ready. Express interest.

Nightly Check-in and Chat team seeks new lead

Christin won’t have time next year to lead the nightly nets net control operators. The role of the lead: to help people pick up the role of net control so that we have a nightly check-in and chat.

Offer to take over. Christin has served for a year.

Background on the Check-in and Chat

  • Resume work on the Microwave Link (High-speed Data) project

We have much of the gear, just need a few parts and three people to make it happen. Involves HamWAN, AREDN and dish antennas. Express interest.

  • Give as much commitment as fits your life as a helper to finish jobs

Get advice | Help a team | Get the code | Check our backlog

3. Upcoming Training & Practice Opportunities

Holding for interest

4. On Air Radio Activities

Local Nets | Program | Calendar | Jessé VE7DET | Team Page | [Team Mail][mailRocky]

Time Estimate: 30 minutes

Get to know other members on air - 19:05 nightly on VE7RVF

Time Estimate: 30 minutes

  • Members have run these nets since 2020-04-01
  • Please take your shot leading as net controller for one night
  • Nightly Net Controller chooses a question or topic to inspire sharing (anything from radio to food to entertainment to no topic at all)
  • Connect to around 15 fellow operators (from 8 to 35 people any day)
  • About the check-in and chat: origin
  • Remember to identify your signal

Email Jesse VE7DET

Keep Formal Net Skills Sharp on Weekly Net - 20:00 weekly on Wednesdays, VE7TEL

Time Estimate: 30 minutes

Checking in on Wednesdays stretches a few less-used skills. Details below in 6. Weekly Nets.

5. Announcements, Notables, etc.

  • Kits Crew meetups - 2023-02-18, 10:00 Kitsilano Community Centre supports VECTOR using the Meeting Room one Saturday morning each month so that we can get to know each other, practice together, and learn the local equipment. Details in the website calendar

6. Weekly Net

Catch the weekly net at 20:00 every Wednesday on the VE7TEL repeater: VECTOR channel 2, 145.170 MHz -600 kHz.

Each week, a secondary net follows on a different frequency, providing opportunities for amateur radio operators to test radios using other bands and modes of operation.

Schedule for upcoming secondary net frequencies:
Date Channel Frequency Information
January 25 44 146.430 MHz
February 01 20 147.200 MHz +600 kHz T100.0 Hz
February 08 7 147.450 MHz T100.0 Hz simplex
February 15 4 146.580 MHz simplex
February 22 1 145.450 MHz -600 kHz T100.0 Hz

7. Monthly Members' Meetings

VECTOR gathers on the first Wednesday of each month to keep its operations flowing. Connect in our Zoom virtual space unless otherwise noted.

Add to your calendar

The next 4 Monthly Members' Meeting dates:
  • February 1 - first Wednesday, 18:30 (City Hall, second floor)
  • March 1 - first Wednesday, 18:30 (location pending)
  • April 5 - 18:30 (location pending)
  • May 3 - 18:30 (location pending)

Connect with others before and after the main session:

  • Join early (15 minutes) at 18:15
  • Hang around after (20 minutes) until roughly 20:50
  • We’ll have breakout areas available

Please find the link to the Zoom online conference room in your email edition of the newsletter for joining remotely or on your BetterImpact homepage. You can sign up for upcoming members' meetings in BetterImpact to log your meeting time automatically.

Tnx es 73,

VE7DET || Jessé Neri, President (he|him)
[email protected]

VA7DPO || Darryl Pogue, Vice President (he|him)
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